|Pope Francis looks bewildered as Bolivian President Evo Morales presents him with a crucifix in the shape of a sickle and hammer -- symbols of the working class or communism that supports atheism|
Photo courtesy: AP through BBC
As Pope Francis was on a visit to Bolivia on July 10, President Evo Morales, a leftist politician, presented him with a hammer-and-sickle shaped wooden crucifix, reports BBC. When the President was presenting him this official gift, Pope Francis looked wondering at its implication!
This crucifix is based on the original design of Luis Espinal, a left-leaning Jesuit priest, who was assassinated in 1980 by the then right-wing militia.
Some local Bishops and Church leaders abroad condemned the President's gift.
For more on this, please read the following:
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- Bemused or Irritated? Pope Reacts to Gift of 'Communist Crucifix'
- Pope Francis apparently not amused by 'Communist Crucifix'